Thursday, July 26, 2012

Pencil Basket FREEBIE and a winner!

With just 2 weeks until I go back (nooooooooo) I am starting to work on those nitty gritty details. Today I redid my pencil baskets.
I bought these black baskets in the Target Dollar Spot. If you'd like a FREE copy of the labels click {HERE.}

Last year I used 2 that looked like this:
I borrowed this pic from since I forget to take a pic.
They worked okay but I have 30 students so I wanted to be able to keep more pencils in there. Plus, my students sometimes knocked it over so I was hoping the larger base on the black one will prevent that.

Do you use dull/sharp baskets? Yes, I have to teach them the vocabulary word dull but rather than avoid it, I embrace it as a teachable moment! I can't stand the sound of the pencil sharpener so I ask parent volunteers to do it in the office or at recess to keep the pencils stocked. I train the kids that they must leave a dull to get a sharp so they don't end up hoarding pencils!

I would also like to announce the winner of my Decoding Strategies Giveaway.

Congrats to Janina!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I am happy to say my TpT store issues have been resolved so you can click {HERE} to go grab your set for only $2.



  1. OMG! I *just* bought those today! I'm going to use them for scissors and glue sticks. I love Target Dollar Spot!

    Apple Blossoms

  2. Thanks for sharing. I am going to Target today, I hope they still have these.

  3. Thanks for the freebie! I see you have 30 kiddos... is that nomal for you? We are looking at 28/29 this year and I'm used to 21ish. :-( I will be looking to you for inspiration and possibly picking your brain if things get too hairy!!

    Enjoy your last 2 weeks... that's what I've got, as well!

    1. Yes, we moved to 30 (k-2) 2 years ago. We were already at 31 in 3-5 before that so I have had 30 for a while now. As you'd expect, you totally feel those extra 10 kids. Good management is the key. I'd be happy to help (or commiserate) if I can.

  4. I love your blog. I have given you the "One Lovely Blog" Award over on my blog. I would love you to stop by.

    The Teacher's Backpack

  5. What a great idea! Thanks for the labels :)


    Miss Elementary

  6. I use a rectangular plastic desk pencil box laid open so it's kinda flat. The kids know to put dull pencils in the back/top portion and sharp ones are in the front/bottom.

  7. I love the baskets. I cant go into Target without stopping at the dollar area.

    **new blogger**

  8. I use the dull/sharp labels on my "pencil buckets"... they look like the ones that you used to have, and they drive me nuts when they fall over/don't fit enough pencils.

    Have you seen the straw dispenser/pencil holders on Pinterest? I would love some of those!

    Coffee for the Teacher

  9. I lover your idea. I have nominated you for the versatile blogger award.

  10. Thanks for the free labels! I'm giving the One Lovely Blog Award to you (if you don't already have it). You can grab the award on my blog . Thanks for all you do! -Ashley